Predicting every Illinois high school football game in the Peoria area for Week 2 of 2022

Adam Duvall
Journal Star

Last week, the picks in this space went a dismal 9-8 (.529). Here is a look at all the Week 2 high school football predictions for Peoria-area games. All games are Friday unless noted.

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Peoria High (1-0) at Danville (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Lions kept up their incredible offense, scoring 34 points and running up 340 total yards (257 rushing, 83 passing) in a quarter and half against Metamora. Malachi Washington rushed for 235 yards on nine carries and three TDs in his first start at Peoria High running back. Danville got a pair of rushing TDs by Bryson Hinton-Perez and Ja'Vaughn Robinson. The Vikings struggled to hold onto the ball, fumbling eight times and losing three. Peoria High 58, Danville 27

Manual (0-1, 0-1) at Champaign Centennial (1-0), 7 p.m.: The Rams showed a lot of fight in Week 1's 40-38 loss to Peoria Notre Dame. Manual QB London Toliver stepped in and threw for 294 yards with five TDs, hitting WR Carrion Ferrell for 123 yards and three TDs. Centennial's ground attack comes in the form of Brandon Harvey (152 yards, three TDs), Andre Miner (82 yards) and Kodiac Pruitt (three TDs). QB Kellen Davis threw for 122 yards as the Chargers put up 46 points in Week 1. Manual 36, Centennial 35

Richwoods (0-1) at Morton (0-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Knights, who last faced and beat Morton, 49-28 in the 2017 Class 5A second round, saw Bloomington stop a late two-point conversion and lost 28-26. Richwoods DL David Webster recovered a fumble, while RB Cory Wysinger (68 yards, TD) and QB Greg Burnside Jr. (63 rushing, TD; 72 passing, TD) led the offense. Morton lost 51-14 to Mahomet-Seymour in Week 1 with Carl Whitaker rushing for 77 yards and a TD. Brett Michel, Connor Drake and Jack Stump all had sacks for the Potters defense. Richwoods 28, Morton 27

Peoria Notre Dame (2-0): The Irish will take a forfeit victory after being unable to find a replacement when Urbana decided to play only junior varsity this season.

Richwoods quarterback Greg Burnside throws over Bloomington lineman Caiden Walls in the second half Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Endres Field.

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Limestone (0-1) at Woodstock (0-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Rockets are looking to snap a five-game losing streak following last week's 48-7 loss to Mt. Zion. RB Izzy Aguilar-Nunez gave Limestone its only points, scoring a 16-yard rushing TD late in the second quarter. Last season, Woodstock beat the Rockets, 43-20. Blue Streaks QB Jackson Lyons scored the lone TD — a 17-yard scamper — in a 14-7 loss to Rochelle. Woodstock 20, Limestone 14

Marengo (0-1) at Canton (0-1), 7 p.m.: Canton QB Cale Barnhart marched right down the field in Week 1, throwing a four-yard TD in a 25-7 loss to Eureka. He finished with 123 passing yards on 17-for-31. Last season, Marengo beat the Little Giants, 39-21. All-state QB Josh Holst (176 passing, two TDs; 148 rushing, two TDs) used a no-huddle, uptempo offense last week in almost beat the reigning Class 2A state champ Wilmington. Marengo 34, Canton 27

Dunlap (1-0) at Rock Island (0-1), 7 p.m.: Dunlap rolled up 369 total yards (209 passing, 160 rushing) last week in beating Galesburg, 27-13. Graham Glover returned a second-quarter kickoff for a TD, while QB Madyn Burke tossed a TD pass. Last season, the Rocks beat Dunlap, 32-14. Quonterrion Brooks rushed for 32 of Rocky's 49 yards and a 72-yard kickoff return TD in a Week 1 loss to Pekin. Dunlap 31, Rock Island 15

East Peoria (0-1) at Aurora Central Catholic (0-1), 7:30 p.m.: EP's run game struggled in the 52-0 loss to Streator, totaling negative-63 rushing yards. Despite throwing three interceptions, Raiders QB Andrew Kaufmann showed some promise in the start with 71 passing yards. Central Catholic was shutout in Week 1 by Wauconda, 49-0. The Chargers play in the tradition-rich Metro Suburban-Blue Conference. East Peoria 14, ACC 13

LaSalle-Peru (1-0) at Metamora (0-1), 7:30 p.m.: The Redbirds showed some flashes on offense in the Week 1 loss to Peoria High. QB Kaden Hartnett rushed for a pair of TDs, while throwing for 36 yards in his only attempt. In last season's Week 2 game, Metamora grinded out a 14-7 win over the Cavaliers. L-P got a third-quarter kickoff return TD by Mason Lynch en route to a 31-21 win over East Moline. Metamora 35, LaSalle-Peru 20

Pekin (1-0) at Belleville East (1-0), 7:30 p.m.: Offense was the show in Pekin's season opener, amassing 467 total yards (307 rushing, 160 passing) led by Kanye Tyler's 137 yards and 95 by Tanner Sprecher. QB Scotty Jordan (160 passing yards) and Bo Benassi (88 receiving yards) were also big parts of the Dragons onslaught. Last season, Pekin beat the Lancers East, 42-9. Belleville held Collinsville to 229 total yards in the Week 1 win. Pekin 55, Belleville East 27

Washington (0-1) at Kankakee (0-1), 7 p.m.: The Panthers gave up 54 points and 535 yards of total offense (379 rushing, 156 passing) in a 54-10 loss to Highland. RB Kainon McQueary had 69 of his 72 yards on a third-quarter touchdown run. In a Week 1 battle of No. 1 versus No. 2, the top-ranked Kays lost 2-0 to LaGrange Park Nazareth on a safety on the game's second play. Last season, Kankakee beat the Panthers, 28-14. Kankakee 42, Washington 13

Metamora quarterback Kaden Hartnett looks for room to run through the Peoria High defense in the first half Friday, Aug. 26, 2022 at Peoria Stadium.

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Peoria Heights (1-0, 0-0) at Galva (0-1, 0-1), 6 p.m. Thursday: Heights was off in Week 1, collecting a forfeit victory last week when Lowpoint-Washburn/Henry won't field a team this season. A pair of sophomores in QB Barrett Marfell and WR Cameron Ahart will fill two of the skill positions for coach Kendal Parker. Mark Jeffrey made his coaching debut last week in a 54-14 loss to Ridgewood. Peoria Heights 34, Galva 28


Eureka (1-0) at Tremont (1-0), 7 p.m.: This game could go a long way in deciding the Heart of Illinois-Large Division. The Hornets had good balance in Week 1, using QB Jake Morin (166 passing) and RB Mason Boles (117 rushing). Tremont RB Ty Fuller accounted for 114 of the 237 rushing yards in Week 1. Last season, the Turks beat Eureka, 48-17. Eureka 15, Tremont 14

Downs Tri-Valley (1-0) at Deer Creek-Mackinaw (0-1), 7 p.m.: Yet another 2021 playoff team comes to visit Dee-Mack at Jim McDonald Field in Mackinaw. RB Brent Denniston gives the Chiefs a solid run game, having rushed for 102 yards in Week 1. Tri-Valley trailed early last week, but rattled off 36 unanswered points. Last season, the Vikings beat Dee-Mack, 49-8. Tri-Valley 34, Dee-Mack 28

El Paso-Gridley (1-0) at Fieldcrest (0-1), 7 p.m.: Look for dual-threat QB Kamren Schumacher to carry the EP-G offense. He helped the offense score 51 points in Week 1 including 239 total yards and two early second-half TDs. Brady Ruestman and Koltin Keafott each threw for a TD last week for the Knights. Last season, the Titans beat Fieldcrest, 26-0. El Paso-Gridley 45, Fieldcrest 8

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Rushville-Industry (0-1, 0-1) at Elmwood/Brimfield (1-0, 1-0), 7 p.m.: Three players — Aiden Frail, Bailey Elwell and Rohman Mitchell — each scored two TDs for the Trojans, who rushed for 338 yards. Elmwood's defense may have been the star of the showing, recording 14 tackles for loss. The Rockets lone score in last week's 36-6 loss to Macomb came from FB Afton Clark. Last season, Rushville beat the Trojans, 44-30. Elmwood/Brimfield 48, Rushville-Industry 13

Havana (1-0, 1-0) at Farmington (0-1, 0-0), 7 p.m.: State-ranked Farmington suffered a Week 1 setback to Aledo Mercer County, 24-8. QB Gage Renken and the Farmers offense managed just 203 total yards including 87 passing. Look out for Ducks RB Dan Olson, who gashed the Lewistown defense for 196 rushing yards and three TDs in a 26-6 win last week. Last season, the Farmers beat Havana, 53-8. Farmington 41, Havana 28


Monticello (0-1, 0-1) at Illinois Valley Central (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m.: IVC lost to Paxton-Buckley-Loda, 28-20 in Week 1 when a late sack ended a Grey Ghosts drive. WRs Gabe Ross (112 yards, TD) and David Russell (68 yards, TD) had big days for IVC. Sages QB Drew Sheppard is a dual-threat, scoring two TDs to go with 356 total yards (273 passing, 83 rushing) in last week's 21-14 loss to St. Joseph-Ogden. Last season, Monticello beat the Ghosts, 29-6. IVC 35, Monticello 27


Monmouth United (0-1, 0-1) at Princeville (0-1, 0-1), 7 p.m.: Princeville used the two TDs by WR Jordan Johnson, but couldn't overcome Knoxville, 54-20. The Princes lost two fumbles as Knoxville had 276 rushing yards to go with 21 first-quarter points. United lost to Annawan/Wethersfield, 35-16 in Week 1, losing for the eighth consecutive time against the Titans. Last season, the Red Storm beat Princeville, 32-7. Princeville 28, United 22

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